R1.7m set aside for Durban fire victims

2012-04-05 14:37

Durban - The eThekwini municipality has set aside R1.7m for the victims of a fire that destroyed 176 shacks in Kennedy Road informal settlement, Durban, a government spokesperson said on Thursday.

"The provincial government has started supplying building material to assist residents to rebuild their dwellings after a fire engulfed the area on Tuesday night," eThekwini municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng said.

Mofokeng said the cause of the fire was not known at this stage.

Two people were treated for minor injuries.

Human settlements and public works MEC Ravi Pillay, Mayor James Nxumalo and eThekwini human settlements committee chairperson Nigel Gumede visited the area on Wednesday to assess the extent of the damage.

Victims of the fire were being housed in a local community hall.

  • Marion - 2012-04-05 14:54

    Sorry to hear about this. There has to be an affordable, safe, alternative to candles in informal settlements. Glad to see they are being given assistance in rebuilding their lives.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-04-05 16:27

    That's 10k per box made of soap boxes...

  • Deepchund - 2012-04-05 19:23

    I hope they are given IBR sheeting to rebuild and there is some decent spacing between the houses.They need to be educated of the dangers of illegal electricity connections, use of paraffin and leaving candles unattended.

  • Samara - 2012-04-06 00:22

    1.7mil for 176 shacks.. thats nice but if i am not mistaken that freak Malema's house ..1 house cost even more than that..

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